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Why chemistry?

Today’s world is changing rapidly. Backing out of a civilization, primarily focused on natural sciences and technique, is no solution. Chemistry is indeed a survival strategy, which has the potential to increase the quality of life fundamentally, whether by way of novel substances or active agents. Moreover, the entire material nature is of a chemical nature and chemistry therefore occupies a central position within the natural sciences.

The Faculty of Chemistry is committed to the fundamentals-oriented broad education in the field of chemistry and to the special development of the focal research areas: (1) Computer-based Chemistry and Biomolecular Simulation, (2) Chemistry of Functional and Sustainable Materials, (3) Food Chemistry and Physiological Chemistry, 4) Bio- and Environmental Analysis, (5) Synthesis and Catalysis, and (6) Biological and Medical Chemistry.
The Faculty of Chemistry is always open to the initiatives of its members to take forward-looking research in addition to the focussed research areas. This flexibility allows new fields of research to be based on future focus.

Studying chemistry is the job basis for chemists in research and development, the technical area, industry and environment. During the Bachelor study (six terms) the students receive a well-founded basis training (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, Theoretical Chemistry and Biochemistry) as well as an introduction to Mathematics and Physics. During the Master study a wide range of courses in the key aspects listed above is on offer.

Moreover, the professional and didactic training for the teachers of Chemistry in secondary schools also is located at the Faculty for Chemistry and fuels the enthusiasm of young people for chemistry.

The research at the Faculty of Chemistry is well recognized internationally. Master- and PhD- students very often have opportunity for an internship in the framework of university co-operations abroad. The expertise of our scientists is in demand at universities but also in a commercial setting in Austria as well as abroad. Substantial third party funds which enable the payment of project workers are raised by the Faculty of Chemistry.


Bernhard Keppler
Veronika Somoza
Vice Dean
Lothar Brecker
Vice Dean
Faculty of Chemistry
University of Vienna

Währinger Straße 42
A-1090 Vienna

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